First and foremost hey everyone. They call me Chips and you can too I'm planning on getting my first bass here in about... the next 24 hours and had a few minor questions. Mostly just want opinions really. A little about myself: I've never played a bass but have wanted one for the past 10 years (couldn't ever afford one till now). I've decided to go with a J-bass partly cause it seems to fit my style of music better and partly cause my hands are small My influences are (dont laugh) Les Claypool (Highball with the Devil and Brown album first got me into bass), Victor Wooten, Flea and of course Jaco. Yes, I know i sound like some fanboy but whatever. Now for questions. Here are links to the stuff I'm considering buying: bass; amp; cables; strap; tuner. Keep in mind that I just want something to play that wont break the bank but is still playable. I went into town today and checked out the local guitar centers and they all suggested a Squier beginner pack, but being a computer/internet savvy person I know for a fact I can buy stuff cheap online. Also, I've heard new strings area good idea, but I nothing about suck things and would like some advice there too. I want to start playing ASAP cause I'm the master of talking myself out of spending money. So, long story short, I'd love to hear your opinions on anything I've said or posted. The quicker the better cause there are only 3 of that bass left in stock lol. Many thanks PS Sorry for being long winded, I like to make sure my point is made.